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Mother Nature forces widow from her decades-old home

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Covington resident Sue Ferrell, pictured with friend Charles, was trapped inside her home during the March 2 ice storm after her roof broke in half and blocked her doors. Photo by Echo Day

Thanks to Mother Nature, Covington resident Sue Ferrell is being forced from her home of 43 years. 

“I’m sad, but it’ll get better,” she said Monday. 

The storm that dumped 4-6 inches of ice and sleet on Tipton County on Sunday, March 2 caused her roof to break in half just before midnight. 

“I was almost asleep and heard this racket, it sounded like a bunch of animals or something fighting. The top of the house broke loose with ice and it just came tumbling down.”

The roof – and several inches of ice – had fallen over two of the home’s three exits. The third was frozen and wouldn’t open. Ferrell was trapped. 

“I stayed in the back room until seven in the morning and then I called Peter Simonton,” she said. 

The roof collapse, thankfully, didn’t injure her or anyone else. There’s a hole in the living room’s ceiling as well as ceiling damage to many other rooms. The carpet’s been ripped out and her furniture’s been moved to accommodate the emergency.

Ferrell and her late husband, Ezell, had the house built in 1971 and she’s lived there ever since. She has a lot of fond memories of the place – from raising her children and grandchildren there to the garden where Ezell loved to work – but it will soon become a new place. 

This week, Ferrell had to leave her home and move in with her grandson Dustin while most of the house is being rebuilt. She’s sad to see it go, but it glad the children she keeps during the day weren’t there.

“It just makes you sad … it hurts. I don’t want to leave my home.” 

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